WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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JOB OPENING AT ST. ANDREW’S, please click here for application details: Music Director 2016 PDF

PLEASE DON’T MISS THE ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY, JANUARY 31:  We’ll elect officers and Vestry Members, consider where we are, and then have a special send-off POTLUCK celebration for Nancy Rogers.  PLEASE consider signing up to bring something tasty to share.  If you are interested to contribute something to a special gift we are planning for Nancy, please see Father Chip.  The meeting will take place in the Parish Hall after the 10:00 am service—please make it a point to be with us, have a stellar brunch, and wish Nancy well!   HAVE YOU BEEN CONFIRMED? NEED A REFRESHER ON CHRISTIANITY? This new offering could be for YOU!  If you’ve never been confirmed, or would like to be received into the Episcopal Church, or would like to reaffirm your baptismal vows, OR would simply like a refresher on the basics of our Episcopal Christian faith tradition, then sign up for our new “EPISCOPAL 411” course on the list in the Parish Hall.  This course will run for just six, one-plus hour sessions, over the winter.  We’ll meet after the Sunday 10:00 worship on the following dates:  2.28, 3.13, 4.10, 4.24, 5.8, and 5.22.  ANYONE DESIRING TO JOIN OTHERS FROM CAPE AND ISLAND CHURCHES ON JUNE 11 IN CHATHAM FOR THE BISHOP’S CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION/REAFFIRMATION is encouraged to let Father Chip know and join us for this exceptional and incisive class!  You’ll be so glad you did!   ST ANDREW’S CHURCH IS HOSTING COMMUNITY SUPPERS every Monday at 5:30 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the weekly dinners, and meet and greet our neighborhood friends and neighbors!  If you would like to volunteer to help in some way, please contact Liz Villard at 627-8619 and ask what you might do to help.     ST ANDREW’S IS SHELTERING THE ISLAND’S UNHOUSED  and will serve as the host site on Fridays,  Saturdays & Sundays, and Tuesdays & Wednesdays, through March 31.  If you are interested to help, please see Father Chip for details.     GIVE YOUR SELF TO THE WORLDby making a gift, or offering a pledge, to St Andrew’s for 2016.   Current pledge totals for 2016:  84 pledges for a total of $148,000.  Hoped for:  90 pledges for $155,000.  We are currently considering what our ministry and mission budget for 2016 will be, so please consider making a pledge today!   OUR ALTERNATIVE SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE   is EASY to remember:  on the FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAYS each month at 4:00 pm, we’ll be offering something completely new and different for worship at 4:00 pm here at your favorite church.  On the FIRST Sunday each month, we’ll be joined by Sara Piazza on guitar in the church, and on the THIRD Sunday, we’ll be blessed by the talents of Joanne Cassidy on vocals,and Wes Nagy on keyboards, in the Parish Hall.  Each service will have a different liturgy and feel—so come on out and try both—and bring a friend or two!   GOD IS REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE—and you can experience incredible grace by joining us Tuesday mornings for our 8:22 am Bible Study!  Go ahead—give it a try—it’s painless and joyful!  We’re over in the Parish House.  And if you’re able to get to Morning Prayer at 8:00, well, your day will simply sparkle!   EVER CONSIDERED SINGING IN THE CHOIR?  COME TRY US OUT!  Our Thursday rehearsals from 5:00 to 6:30 pm are OPEN TO EVERYONE to see if they’d like to give choir a go. JUST GIVE US A TRY—YOU’LL LOVE YOUR TIME SINGING WITH US!  No experience necessary, but you should be able to carry a tune…   THE HUNGRY SHALL BE FED…with your help!  PLEASE begin to help us collect non-perishable food items for our hungry friends and neighbors on the Island, by bringing in something each week and placing them in the ISLAND FOOD PANTRY collection box in the Parish Hall.  AND—if you can, please consider placing a donation (cash or check in the offering envelopes in the pews, and leaving it in the collection plate.  Your loving help goes a long way! THIS WEEK’S REQUEST:  canned soup, beef stew and chili!   SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL—AND NOTE THE TIME!  We are delighted to have with us, as our Sunday School Director, Sara Piazza—and hope to build our program week by week!  Please bring the kiddoes (age 4-10) over to the Parish House AT NINE O’CLOCK AM and make it a life-giving, formative habit for your young’uns!   Have parent friends who might like to try it out?  Ask them to join you and see for themselves!   “THE FRANCIS FACTOR: HOW ST FRANCIS AND POPE FRANCIS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD” is the title of a newvideo-based program called, “The Francis Factor:  How St Francis and Pope Francis are Changing the World,” which is being jointly-sponsored by Good Shepherd (Roman Catholic) Parish and St Andrew’s (Episcopal) Church Thursday evenings 6:30—8:00 starting January 28. Four of the sessions will take place at St Andrew’s Church, and four at Good Shepherd Parish in Oak Bluffs.  THIS IS A GREAT OFFERING—AND A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE MORE DEEPLY DURING LENT!  Please sign up in the Parish Hall to let us know you may be joining us—and tell all your Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and other friends!   YEAR-END PLEDGE STATEMENTS FOR 2015 CONTRIBUTIONS  are available to pick up near the church entrance, so please stop by the box and get your envelope on the way out of church.  And thank you for your giving and faithful heart!     For Information about HOSPITALITY HOMES Click on the FAITH IN ACTION tab above HHomes Logo CROPPED       https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Andrews-Episcopal-Church-Edgartown-Massachusetts/332024425612

  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandy Mott

Members at Large:  

Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel, Hans von Steiger and Carl Malmquist